3690: A Journal of First-Year Student Research Writing

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Overview: Human beings have an innate desire for a sense of purpose. They want to understand the world around them, where they came from, why they exist, and what certain natural events mean. From these desires stem two very different concepts: science and religion. Both religion and science are used to explain where everything came from and to why huge disasters (such as storms or pandemics) occur. Science provides similar explanations for these concepts, However, science and religion provide answers in very different ways: religion is faith based, while science is evidence based. As a result of their differences, scientists and people of faith have often been in conflict. During the scientific revolution in Europe, many scientists, such as Galileo, were persecuted by the Catholic church for their discoveries. These discoveries, such as the fact that the Earth isn’t the center of the universe, and that it’s not flat, could potentially challenge the authority of the church. If they were wrong about one thing, they could potentially be wrong about more things.

Author's reflection: My name is Elizabeth Wunsch, and I am currently a junior nursing major here at Fisher. I wrote this paper back in the spring of 2020, just as the pandemic hit. It explores the relationship between science and nature through the dystopian novel, Future Home of the Living God. Science has always been a favorite subject of mine, but I’ve always been fascinated by religion as well. I would consider myself to be an agnostic atheist, but I love learning about different belief systems. These two interests of mine are what inspired this paper, along with the content of the novel. In my free time, I like watching documentaries and listening to music. I also enjoy some reading and writing here and there. I have a passion for health science and learning, which is why I’m going into nursing. I hope whoever reads my paper enjoys it.

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